PART V: HOW TO ACHIEVE ALEXANDER WANG’S RESORT 2013 COLLECTION
If you consider why women wear Alexander Wang, why they wait for Isabel Marant’s sweater to go on sale, or why they snatch up the latest Acne, the reasoning becomes a study in people’s social behaviour more than it does the designs themselves. These brands have become known for producing instantly recognizable designs that become fashion-girl cult items almost directly after their runway presentations. In his latest resort collection, for example, Alexander Wang reworked the basic khaki trouser in a cropped and voluminous silhouette, making it an easily identifiable style that is simply an edgy reinterpretation of a closet staple. This is exactly what draws so many women to the brand, it is just unconventional enough while still remaining wearable for everyday.
This collection reworked some of Wang best-sellers, including side-cutout sweaters and leather skirts, that didn’t change drastically from seasons’ past. Cutouts, reveal/conceal dresses, roomy trousers and leather panelling presented what Wang does best; creating sleek, well-designed staples.
Wang’s resort looks aren’t difficult to reproduce on your own and before the resort collections are even shoppable. The L.B.D, as seen in this first look, was redone in a midi-length sheer style, layered over the season’s pencil skirt and cropped bustier combination. A sheer shirt-dress like the Elizabeth & James style featured here, works as the perfect Wang stand-in. This season’s leather skirt was paired with a light sweater and an oversized backpack, styled with wet-look hair and minimal makeup. While the cropped khaki pants and neutral open knit sweater really projected the favoured colour palette for resort ‘13.
One thing worth mentioning here is that there are intricacies in his designs for this collection that still leaving you wanting the original design - a smart move on his part to project his talents and protect his designs. An example of his enviable taste is a puffer vest constructed with sheer nylon, exposing the down underneath, or a sweater, knit from t-shirt fabric and stuffed with polyfill, almost tricking you into believing it was just another sweater.
Look I: 1. Sheer shirt dress, Elizabeth and James, $595 2. Multi-strap ankle boots, Raphael Young, $410 3. Textured leather shoulder bag, See by Chloe, $495
Look II: 1. Leather mini skirt, Paul & Joe Sister, $485 2. Contrast-knit silk and cashmere sweater, Proenza Schouler, $346 3. Convertible leather back pack, Marni, $1370 4. Bandage sandals, Michael Kors, $380
Look III: 1. Cropped pants, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, $110 2. Lace-paneled sweater, Vanessa Bruno, $210 3. Leather clutch, Chloe, $1480 4. Leather ankle boots, Jimmy Choo, $547